Tuesday, September 22, 2020

realme to launch PH’s fastest-charging smartphone realme 7 Pro on September 30

The lifestyle partner of the youth, realme Philippines, is launching the midrange supreme realme 7 Pro on September 30, 1:00pm. The new smartphone will be launched via livestream on realme Philippines’ official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Bearing a 65W SuperDart Charge, the realme 7 Pro is officially the Philippines’ fastest-charging smartphone to date. The device also has a 2nd Gen 64MP Sony IMX682 Quad-Camera rear set-up, a 32MP in-display selfie snapper and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G mobile processor.

The new normal has impelled young and driven Filipinos to pivot to the digital sphere, may it be in pursuit of corporate success, entrepreneurial growth or academic progress. These digital natives are bringing their A-game in their virtual grind. It is therefore a must for them to have a smartphone that is a Pro across all departments: camera, performance, and battery and charging.

Smart unveils new GigaLife App for subscribers

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART) is about to transform every subscriber’s digital routine into a simple, easy, and smart experience with the launch of the new GigaLife App.

Now downloadable for free on Google Play and the App Store, the GigaLife App is available to Smart Prepaid and TNT subscribers,  and will soon be available to Smart Postpaid users.

“Since we launched the ‘Simple, Smart Ako’ campaign this year, our approach has been about simplifying things for our customers. The new GigaLife App is a major component to achieve a simpler, easier, and smarter life as we navigate the new normal and become even more dependent on technology for our daily needs,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, Smart President and CEO and PLDT Chief Revenue Officer.

“The GigaLife App is a portal for our subscribers to experience the GIGA life. It’s a door that opens to an enhanced digital experience with just a few taps on their smartphone,” added Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

GCash, Ministop partner to increase cash-in locations nationwide

Committed to making fintech more accessible for all, GCash, the undisputed leader and preferred mobile wallet of the Philippines, has partnered with leading convenience store chain Ministop to enable Filipinos across the country to add money to their mobile wallets with ease.

Through the strategic partnership, all Ministop stores across the Philippines will be able to offer GCash cash in services to its customers. There are over 500 Ministop stores nationwide, spread in key areas of Metro Manila, South Luzon, Cebu, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Roxas, and Boracay. By the end of the month, more than 400 branches will be available for cash in while the activation of remaining stores will be completed by the end of September 2020.

“We are increasing our cash-in touchpoints to afford our customers a means to adapt into the new normal. Because of the great number of Ministop branches nationwide, we think that tapping into that resource is a good way of achieving our goal of promoting finance for all,” GCash President Martha Sazon said.

Sazon also explained that it is strategic and highly important to partner with convenience stores such as Ministop, because they provide 24/7 access to customers and are classified as essential businesses which means that they stay open despite the level of quarantine imposed in a particular area.

beep™ cardholders can now earn reward points

From now til November 22, 2020, beep™ users can get more out of their daily commute by earning reward points that they can redeem for beep™ load using the beep™ mobile app.

To join the beep™ Rewards promo, cardholders must simply download the beep™ mobile app and register their card. A customer may register up to five (5) beep™ cards; however, points are earned per card and cannot be combined with other cards.

Each transaction using the registered cards at participating buses, PUVs, and retail stores in NCR earns points (P1 spent = 1 point). Reward points are only available for eligible transactions using genuine beep™ cards. Trains and reloading transactions are not included.

Customers must earn a minimum of 1,000 points to be able to redeem P10 beep™ load. Redemption is done in the app and may be successfully claimed via beep™ e-load stations. There is no limit to the number of points that can be earned and redeemed. Terms and conditions apply (Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-103303 Series of 2020).

Sitel Academy Partners with Schools to Provide Students with Online Skills Training

Top global BPO offers educational modules through webinars, Facebook

Sitel Group, a global leading business process outsourcing (BPO) company, reinforces its commitment to skills training and education by strengthening collaborative partnerships with universities, colleges and technical vocational institutions in the Philippines. Through these partnerships, Sitel provides a variety of informative online classes to students via webinars and Facebook.

“As we continue to adjust to the current situation brought on by the pandemic, it has become vital for our programs to be more targeted and deliberate,” shared Fatima Tigas, Senior Manager, Sitel Academy. “We quickly transitioned to online learning and through Sitel’s University and Community Partnership program, engaged our educational partners to help bring these classes to their students.”

Complete your WFH/LFH set-up with HP laptops Enjoy rewards to buy other essentials with the HP-GCash promo

A lot of people were overwhelmed by the so-called “new normal” learning and working setup because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a bitter pill to swallow for both schoolchildren and their parents, many of whom are also working. Fortunately, they were quick to adjust.

In preparation for the “new normal,” parents thought of all essential needs for an ideal Learn-From-Home (LFH) or Work-From-Home (WFH) environment: ergonomic chairs, working tables (is it the correct height?), sufficient lighting, even healthy snacks just in case their school kids become famished. But they didn’t forget the most important one, the computer, in this case, the laptop.

Complete the list of much-needed essentials to fulfill school tasks for kids and work assignments for working parents by getting a laptop from HP, one of the most recognizable and trusted brands of computer products in the world today. 

It’s now Blackwater Bossing with a new logo


The new Blackwater Bossing jersey illustration by Ren Corporal

Elites are out, the Bossings are in!

Blackwater, Ever Bilena Cosmetics’ personal grooming line, is rebranding its Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team with a new moniker and logo. Previously known as Blackwater Elite, the team will now be referred to as Blackwater Bossing by the next PBA campaign.

Dioceldo Sy, franchise owner of Blackwater Bossing and president and CEO of Ever Bilena Cosmetics Inc., revealed back in August that they made the decision to change the team's name to make it more appealing to the masses.

"Elite is a term that is not common for the ordinary masses, while Bossing is something that is more understandable and relatable since Filipinos use it in their day to day lives," he said.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

XTREME: A One-Stop Shop Appliances for Filipinos

“XTREME Appliances is for the Filipino people. Our objective is to have a one-stop shop where all consumer and corporate appliance needs can be met. The product line-up of XTREME is based on what people need.” quoted by Mr. Richard Lim, President and CEO of Suntouch Technology Corporation (XTREME Appliances). 

He values the hard work and resilience of the Filipinos. He wants to provide good quality products and services to the Filipino people without hurting their pockets because for him they deserve better.  XTREME Appliances has started from a common Filipino trait of being frugal and spending on “sulit” products. He observed and learned that consumers patronage brands that will return their money’s worth or even more. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Back on the court: Don’t miss all the action-packed NBA games!


The much-awaited 2019-20 NBA Playoffs are upon us and Filipino fans are in to watch a whole new game.

However, the pandemic has changed the way we enjoy entertainment and sports. We can no longer go to packed stadiums to watch our favorite sports teams, feel the buzz in our body as the cheers, music and drums pump into our ears, listen to the sports announcers’ thrilling commentaries, and feel the excitement of seeing our favorite players up close.

In spite of this challenging time, Filipinos can’t let their favorite basketball games play in silence. With the NBA Playoffs under way, nothing should stop Filipino fans from supporting their favorite players and teams compete for the NBA championship. Good thing, PLDT Home partnered with NBA to bring a whole new game to the fans with NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service.

Filinvest New Clark City at the forefront of economic recovery


The COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on various industries, including real estate, but Filinvest not only remains resilient but is doing its part to accelerate the economic recovery, providing investment opportunities through its newest progressive development: Filinvest New Clark City (FNCC).

A 288-hectare development that is part of the highly anticipated 9,450-hectare project of New Clark City in Tarlac, the FNCC represents Filinvest’s vision of building a smart, green, sustainable, and highly accessible metropolis outside Metro Manila. As it is also set to be a place for harmonious coexistence, FNCC is a locality that can seamlessly bring together the live, work, play, and learn lifestyle.

This kind of progressive township has always been a trademark of Filinvest with decades of experience in masterplanned projects like the LEED Gold-certified business district Filinvest City in Alabang; coastal township City di Mare in Cebu; and the growing leisure and business center, Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City in Clark, Pampanga. Once again, it demonstrates its expertise in the development of Filinvest New Clark City, creating sustainable urban spaces guided by the FNCC blueprint known as “Eco-Tech-Ture” taken from the words Ecology, Technology, Architecture, Future, and Culture.

Make your health the top priority while you’re young

Protect yourself from top critical illnesses such as cancer, stroke and heart attack that one can catch at any age.

When we are young, we feel invincible and insusceptible to getting sick. Often, it is during our youth when we pick up most of our bad habits on health—the poor diet, the lack of exercise—turning a blind eye on the fact that these habits will come back in the future to haunt us in the form of diseases. Medical expenses are the last things in our minds, too. We put off getting health insurance, thinking it is expensive and such a hassle to buy.

But today, we are faced with many health risks. Aside from the ongoing global pandemic, the risk of other deadly diseases such as cancer and heart attack is still very much prevalent. According to the Department of Health, 16 people are diagnosed with cancer every hour and 236 die of cancer every day, while 276 die of heart disease and 240 die of stroke every day. These are diseases that one can also catch at any age—even in youth!

To help Filipinos protect themselves against serious illnesses and diseases in an affordable and convenient way, AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, introduces a new health insurance product providing value-for-money coverage for the top three critical illnesses which are cancer, heart attack, and stroke, and is fully available online to boot: Health Start Lite.

Get sun protection for your face with Blackwater Women


Ladies, it's time to take your skin care regimen to the next level!

Too much sun exposure may cause painful sunburn, heat rash, wrinkles, and more. So, whenever you have to step outside, you can protect your face against direct sunlight and skin-damaging UV rays with the new Blackwater Women Daily Defense Sunscreen.

For only Php 295, Blackwater Women Daily Defense Sunscreen can help your face stay flawless thanks to its moisturizing formula with SPF 50. There is also no need to worry with sweat and oil when you are outside because it is non-greasy and waterproof.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

021 Maker Space's First Community Outreach Program

As part of addressing common concerns in this time of pandemic and giving back to the community, the 021 Maker Space Dream Incubator coworking space, conducted its very first Community Outreach Program on September 12, 2020, with the theme "We Care, We Share. Together We Can Do Best." The said community event was done in participation with the Philippine Dragon Media Network (PDMN) and XBistro Laboratory.

The chosen beneficiaries are the poor families of Barangay 282, San Nicolas, Manila, the Medical Frontliners of Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital in Binondo, Manila, and some street dwellers in the areas of Binondo, Sta. Cruz and Intramuros. 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Solane offers affordable business package to OFWs


Good news for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who want to start a business in the Philippines! Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, is supporting OFWs by offering a great business opportunity amid these trying times with the Kabayan Negosyo Package, an LPG business with an affordable start-up capital and a stable, additional income.

The OFW will get the complete package, which includes cylinders, cage, price board and branding, regulator, minimum of Php40 guaranteed margin/refill sold, startup refill, and money back guarantee. The package is currently available for availment until end of the year.

ePLDT launches ‘Simply ERP’ for streamlined business operations

Digital transformation for many industries globally – whether for small or medium business, or large corporations, have compelled the need for not just strong and reliable connectivity, but simplified solutions as well.

As more and more organizations look at transforming their legacy systems to cloud-based solutions especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ePLDT introduces Simply ERP—a simple, affordable, and accessible system to address the challenges that industries face. ‘Simply ERP’ is an ERP solution for SAP Business One, established by ePLDT and powered by its subsidiary, AGS.

“The effect of business operations and strategies brought about by COVID-19 has forced significant restructuring of small and medium sized organizations. The supply chain requirements, dynamic customer needs, allowing remote work, upskilling of workers, and managing cash flow and liquidity are but some challenges of SMEs. Simply ERP addresses all these with features and services that are simple, reliable and flexible,” says Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Unveils New Trailer Beyond Legends; Reveals New Hero Updates and Improved Gaming Experience


Just the other day, September 12, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang released the new trailer, Beyond Legends, for the upcoming optimization project, NEXT.

One of the highlights revealed in the trailer was its consistent efforts on reworking their well-loved and classic heroes. Focusing on keeping their hero pool relevant, MLBB developers are breathing new life into these characters which involves new skill sets, background stories, and appearances.

In the previous months, two of the first heroes to get the revamp are Miya and Alucard. Miya’s update ranges from tweaks character design and model, all the way to major developments in her new passive and second skill which will grant her higher damage output, better movement, and crowd control ability. For Alucard’s character design, the development team has decided to focus on minor detail enhancements while keeping the overall look the same. With regards to his play style, the team chose to highlight Alucard’s ability to excel in solo combat and further amplify his damage output on single targets.

Hotel Sales and Marketing Association Holds Biggest Tourism Sale of 2020


With the gradual lifting of quarantine restrictions around the country,  Filipinos are raring to pack their suitcases and travel, albeit more cautiously, to once again enjoy the country’s beautiful destinations with families and friends.

The Department of Tourism recently came up with a campaign to feed every Pinoys’ wanderlust: “Wake Up In the Philippines,” which showcases a series of online videos that feature all of the country’s picturesque beaches, breathtaking mountains, and mouthwatering cuisine. The virtual experience easily inspires one to start planning their next trip in the Philippines, be it in Batanes, Bohol, Boracay—or just about any place they want to visit soon in the country.

And with tourism being one of the hardest-hit industries–not just here, but all around the world–a local association of hotel marketers is holding a pivotal event aimed at further jumpstarting the Philippines’ hotel and hospitality industry: the September Online Sale, or S.O.S.

Organized by the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) Philippines, with the support of the Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPB), S.O.S. is a two-week online sale of 89 hotel accommodations and other offerings across the country, to be held on September 15 to 30, 2020. Through HSMA’s website, travelers can find exclusive discounts of up to 70 percent off on regular rates of hotels in each of the featured destinations.

PLDT Enterprise deploys e-Learning solution to all 12,000 Emilio Aguinaldo College students


Emilio Aguinaldo College partners with PLDT Enterprise to provide students from its Manila and Cavite campuses with Smart GIGA Study Plans

Along with many other industries that have been affected by pandemic, the education sector has been on an uphill climb to steadily provide quality learning experiences to their students wherever they are.

Emilio Aguinaldo College is one of the learning institutions in the country opting to utilize technologies to implement e-Learning for its students. To aid the said effort, Emilio Aguinaldo College partnered with PLDT Enterprise for effective solutions that will ease its shift to remote learning.

To ensure that the emerging needs of their teachers and students will be met, PLDT Enterprise will be implementing Smart GIGA Study plans for Emilio Aguinaldo College’s two campuses in Manila and Cavite which will benefit approximately 12,000 students.

GCredit users may now transact with over 17,500 billers and merchants nationwide


GCash, the undisputed leader and preferred mobile wallet in the Philippines, has empowered its over 20 million users to transact with over 17,500 establishments via GCredit, the pioneering mobile-first digital credit facility powered by Fuse Lending, Inc. that helps extend the budgets of GCash users.

As the demand for more digital services continuously rises amid the pandemic, GCash has partnered with over 17,500 merchants to accept GCredit as a mode of payment. This allows GCash users to use a revolving credit facility to purchase goods and services, especially during emergencies.

“GCredit is broadening the possibilities for all of us. GCash through GCredit is offering a revolutionary way to still keep our lifestyle, provide for our needs and achieve our goals when we have less resources compared to the pre-pandemic period,” GCash President Martha Sazon said.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

LG Goes Online


Catch all of your favorite products in LG’s official flagship store in Lazada. LG’s full product lineup of home electronics, home appliances, and home entertainment systems are all available online. 

Over the past few months, more and more people have been staying at home due to the pandemic. It is the best way to stay smart, protect yourself and your family, and prevent infection. Social distancing is the responsible thing to do. There are times however, that essential items at home break down and require upgrading to a new one. The best solution for this is buying online. 

Ecommerce has boomed at a record-breaking rate since the pandemic started, since shopping remotely is incredibly convenient. Good news is that LG Products are available online with partner retailers and now, the electronics brand is also opening a new channel to cater to the needs of the customers. No need to go out and you are sure to receive your LG items in no time!

Get up to 50% off, double points via Robinsons Rewards Loyalty Program app at VIP Day 2020


Shopping for must-haves is about to get even more rewarding as the much-awaited Robinsons Rewards VIP Day comes back this month, bringing exclusive deals and discounts to members from their favorite Robinsons stores and brands. This year, loyal customers will have more time to shop as VIP Day is extended to three days, from September 14 to 16, 2020.

What’s more, shoppers can get as much as 50% off on a wide range of products from top-selling brands nationwide. Check out the latest brand-new appliances, compare features, and get expert advice from product specialists so you can find the best items that suit your needs and aesthetics at the best price.

First-time dad’s journey home with AirAsia Philippines


36-year old Teodie Gutigulao, a second assistant engineer on a cargo ship and also a first-time dad was among a group of 80 Filipino seafarers who were flown back to the country on September 8, 2020 on a special chartered flight Z2 113 by AirAsia Philippines in partnership with Regent Travel Corporation.

This special chartered flight was also in close coordination with  the Local Manning Agencies, Philippine Embassy-New Delhi under the leadership of H.E. Amb. Ramon Bagatsing Jr., DFA-Manila (OUMWA) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP-Manila).

PLDT-Smart Foundation tops up educational grant for PNP dependents


Dependents of Filipino police officers killed or injured in service receive a P1-million educational grant from PLDT-Smart Foundation, now on its 12th year, with the aim of providing college educational opportunities. The PSF has so far produced 639 scholars through the Educational Assistance Program.

“Education is an integral part of our efforts in the PLDT-Smart Foundation. We continue to do our part in the community to ensure that we provide adequate resources to support today’s youth as they become our next generation of leaders,” said PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V Pangilinan who is also the Chairman of the PLDT-Smart Foundation.

In line with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Integrated Transformation Program, the PSF Educational Assistance Program aims to provide college educational opportunities to the dependents of PNP uniformed personnel, with highest priority to those who are sons/daughters of personnel who were killed in actual performance of duty (KIA), complete disability discharged (CDD) wounded or incapacitated in line of duty and those dependents who graduated with honors.

Content Revolution disrupts Creative Economy & Pop Culture: How and Why it starts on TikTok


TikTok launches in the Philippines its latest campaign, “it starts on TikTok”, to celebrate the creators, community and culture on the platform that brought positivity and joy to life. The campaign is part of TikTok’s largest-ever global branding campaign that kicked off on August 18, 2020.

Since TikTok’s launch, the platform has revolutionized content creation, laying the foundations for the rise of a new generation of creators that impacted pop culture and drove the country’s creative economy.

Everyone is a creator. Everyday, we create moments and shared experiences. These little moments are the ripples that are now making waves to our culture today. TikTok is a platform to capture, amplify, and magnify the unique and creative you,” says John Castro, User and Content Operations Manager, TikTok Philippines.

"Take Action" from home with NASA


On October 2-4, The United States space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) invites coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists to come together in a global, virtual hackathon. During a period of 48 hours, participants from around the world will come together to create virtual teams and solve challenges using NASA’s open-source data.

Designed for those interested in space science and exploration, this hackathon allows the next generation of scientists, technologists, designers and engineers to showcase their creativity and problem-solving skills through inspired collaboration and critical thinking.

Sarah and Matteo share love and hope in first online show together

For the first time ever, celebrity couple Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Guidicelli came together to headline an online show to spread love, hope, happiness, and gratitude amid trying times. The online show, titled "Love, Landers," is part of the fourth-year anniversary celebration of the country's fastest-growing membership shopping establishment, Landers Superstore.

Throughout the show, Sarah and Matteo took the time to share their love story and experience as newlyweds, their life in quarantine, updates on their respective careers, and more. Of course, the two of them, together with musical director Louie Ocampo, gave heartfelt duet and solo musical performances. Fans were able to sing along from their own homes as Sarah and Matteo performed several songs including "I'll Be There For You" and "Tala".

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Pru Life UK lauds Filipino cyclists in the inaugural My Prudential RideLondon

Pru Life UK lauds the Filipino cyclists who joined the inaugural My Prudential RideLondon – the virtual edition of the world’s biggest cycling festival. The event attracted thousands of professional and recreational cyclists from 70 countries across the world for a celebration promoting cycling as a fun fitness activity.

Due to the pandemic, Prudential RideLondon shifted online this year and was powered by an app to make the experience more immersive. Over the course of nine days of cycling in their home countries, riders travelled a total of 212,043 kilometers – equivalent to circling the globe five times.

“Despite being thousands of miles apart, cyclists all over the world felt the rush of being part of My Prudential RideLondon. By tapping the power of technology, we were able to unite all participants and further our advocacy of bike-riding as a healthy and sustainable mode of transportation,” says Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Marketing Officer.

Capital One Bridging the Nutrition Gap with Meal Donations

Capital One associates together with the students of Alabang Elementary School during the Health Awareness Intervention for Nutrition (HAIN) Feeding Program last February

COVID-19 has magnified the existing gap of Filipino’s nutritional needs. According to the latest Fill the Nutrient Gap – Philippine Summary Report of the World Food Program, one-third of Philippine households couldn’t afford a diet that meets their nutritional needs.   

Capital One believes in empowering its associates, and creating long-lasting, positive impact in its partner communities to ensure that we are able to thrive as a community and as a nation. Capital One remains steadfast in investing for good to help alleviate the country’s pressing issues. That is why the company expanded its existing initiatives that aim to address the malnutrition gap with the following:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Price Drop up to 23% on XTREME Appliances this 9.9 Shopee Sale

Your #OneStopShopAppliances brand, XTREME cuts down its price for the upcoming Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day this September 9, 2020 (Wednesday). Anticipate cool discounts on quality appliances for Shopee’s ALL DAY DEALS and buy your much-needed gadgets for your home.

Immerse yourself with ultra-high definition picture quality and dynamic audio television. The  XTREME “V” Series Smart TV is also Netflix and YouTube-ready. Perfect for your movie and vlog watch lists.

Get Lysol Disinfectant Spray at up to 20% and 30% off in Shopee’s 9.9 Sale!


For health and value-conscious consumers, Lysol, with its “Disinfect to Protect Mission,” continuous its efforts to aid in breaking the chain of infection, by making its products widely available to more people. Thus, Lysol is delighted to take part in Shopee’s 9.9 Sale where you can buy their disinfectant spray at low, discounted prices!

Get up to 20% off storewide on September 9, 2020, and get up to 30% off storewide on September 2 and September 9, 2020, from 12 am to 9am, during Shopee’s Midnight Flash Deals. Meanwhile, use storewide vouchers to get P50 off with a minimum spend of P499 and P100 off with a minimum spend of P999. Additionally, shoppers can get free GWP reusable face masks x2 for a minimum spend of P1299!

Moment Group restos go cashless with PayMaya


Whether it’s Filipino classic dishes, a Japanese fusion feast, or a burger binge and more, fans of various restaurants under The Moment Group (TMG) can now safely enjoy their favorite cuisines and pay cashless for their orders as the company partners with PayMaya for a total cashless experience online or in stores.

The Moment Group (TMG) operates some of the country's most sought-after restaurant brands that include Manam, Din Tai Fung, Ooma, 8 Cuts Burgers, Mo’ Cookies, Shawa Wama, Phat Pho, Mecha Uma, and Bank Bar.

Foodies can now use their PayMaya e-wallet accounts as well as any credit, debit, or prepaid card to pay for their favorite meals when they order at TMG’s website (www.momentfood.com) which is now powered by the PayMaya Checkout payment gateway.

Monday, September 7, 2020

SM Cinema Drive-in opens in Mall of Asia for #SafeAndFunMovieWatching


For film fans and cineastes, enjoy movie-going once again from the comforts of your car as SM Cinema makes #SafeAndFunMovieWatching possible with ‘Movies by the Bay’ at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, Block 16 starting September 9, 2020. 

Knowing how much movie-loving Pinoys miss watching movies on the big screen, and following the successful launch of the drive-in cinema in Pampanga last July, SM Cinema gives its patrons in the metro the chance to experience its newest out-of-home entertainment—a cool throwback to the good old days of drive-in theaters!

SM Cinema’s “Movies by the Bay” allows guests to watch movies while observing social distancing rules set by the InterAgency Task Force (IATF). It will be open to the public on Wednesdays to Sundays, with one screening daily at 6:45 PM. 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Pru Life UK promotes financial literacy among Filipino families


A free webinar featuring Cha-Ching Kid$ at Home resources to make learning more enjoyable

Pru Life UK, in partnership with Prudence Foundation and Junior Achievement Philippines, is bringing financial literacy to every household through “Cha-Ching Kid$ at Home: Financial Literacy Basics for Filipino Families”. The free public webinar, taking place on September 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM via Zoom, invites parents and their children, aged seven to 12 years old, to participate and learn basic money management skills.

“In these extraordinary times, it is imperative that Filipino families empower their kids to be future-ready, especially around money matters. By offering the Cha-Ching learning and experiences online, we hope to reach out to and educate more people on basic money management,” says Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Marketing Officer.

More than a Shoebox: Helping Kids Bounce Back through Education

This year is one of many drastic changes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people everywhere stayed at home as much as possible as part of the collective effort to flatten the curve. While the battle against the pandemic pans on, children’s education continues. The president announced that face to face classes will resume next year but for the meantime, the Department of Education (DepEd) has provided the academic community the option to continue schooling by pivoting to other learning delivery modalities stated in the Basic Education Learning Continuity Program for the safety of students and educators. This new educational set up entails the need for long-term supplies. However, not all students have the resources to continue their education in this new system.

This is why My Dream in a Shoebox (MDIAS) is launching its twelfth year with a renewed driving force to champion every Filipino student’s right to education and safety. MDIAS is an annual education campaign of TeamAsia that aims to equip less fortunate Filipino children with resources that will help them reach for a brighter future. Now more than ever, MDIAS is driven to empower more Filipino children to fight poverty and continue their education as they remain in the comforts and safety of their homes. 

This multipurpose product is so pigmented, there should be a warning label!

EB Advance Power Paint Multipurpose Color Cream in Chiffon, Sangria, Scarlet, and Amber shades

Have you ever tried swiping a new make-up product and been completely swept away by how rich and pigmented it is? If you haven’t, you have got to try the newest product from Ever Bilena Cosmetics. This makeup label has just released the super pigmented and very affordable Power Paint Multipurpose Color Cream (P199) guaranteed to amp up your look and take you breath away with its super rich shades!

Available in four shades, namely, Scarlet, Sangria, Chiffon and Amber, these Power Paint Multipurpose Color Creams are intensely pigmented, easy to blend and goes on soft but sets to a smooth matte lightweight, powder finish.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Get twice the perks when you Pay with PayMaya!


PayMaya and Jollibee Foods Corporation double up your rewards when you order your favorite meals via Facebook Messenger

Ordering from your favorite food brands for your meals while quarantined at home has become the norm for most. But to make your ordering experience not just convenient but also rewarding, PayMaya is offering double cashback when you order from select food brands via the Facebook Messenger chatbot and pay using your PayMaya account. 

From now until September 30, 2020, you get two chances of getting up to 100% cashback when you order your favorite meals and cakes from Mang Inasal, Burger King, Red Ribbon, Greenwich, and Chowking--just some of the food brands of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), which has earlier partnered with PayMaya to revolutionize "conversational commerce" in the Philippines. 

With this Messenger ordering option, not only are you able to satisfy your cravings while remaining at home during quarantine, you’re also making the transaction safer for you and the delivery personnel by reducing cash handling through contactless transaction. 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Caring for Pets during Coronavirus


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The Pet Food Institute shares tips on how pet owners can practice social distancing with their pets

As countries around the globe start to reopen and welcome the “new norm”, thousands of people, including pet owners, continue to struggle incorporate the new regulations to their pre-lockdown routine and lifestyle. Pet owners continue to have questions on how they can return to their routine or lifestyle prior to the lockdown without sacrificing their and their pets’ safety. 

As a voice for responsible pet ownership, Pet Food Institute shares how pet owners can incorporate the new regulations in their and their pet’s daily routine.

Bosch partners Lalamove - Reliable automotive parts made more affordable for fleet drivers


In its continued effort to promote road and vehicle safety in the Philippines, leading automotive solutions provider Bosch inks partnership with on-demand logistics company Lalamove, working together in ensuring the safety of the latter’s fleet of delivery service vehicles. Under the agreement, Bosch brings its quality automotive products to Lalamove’s nationwide network of partner drivers through exclusive deals and special rates on its aftermarket offerings for two- and four-wheeled vehicles, including motorcycles, multi-purpose vehicles, and light trucks. 

- Bosch partners Lalamove to deliver affordable and reliable automotive products to its fleet members nationwide

- With on-demand delivery on the rise, Bosch calls for partnerships in creating safer fleet vehicles 

Bayad Center rolls out donation drive across Luzon


In photo (L-R) are Pasig City Councilor Mario Concepcion, Bayad Center Marketing Head Wendell Labre, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, and One Meralco Foundation President Jeffrey Tarayao during the “BAYADnihan, Tulong-tulong para sa Bayan” community outreach.

Inspired by the Filipino bayanihan spirit, CIS Bayad Center, Inc. spearheaded a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative called “BAYADnihan, Tulong-tulong para sa Bayan”, to benefit hundreds of vulnerable individuals and families who continue to experience hardships amid on-going quarantine restrictions in this time of COVID-19.   

With the said initiative, the simple act of settling bills was turned into an opportunity to help Filipinos in need as a portion of customer payments made at any Bayad Center branch or using the mobile app from March 1 to April 30, 2020 were donated to its CSR partner, One Meralco Foundation. Bayad Center employees also pledged a part of their salaries to further the cause.

Free insurance package from AXA Philippines and Metrobank


To provide customers with additional protection as they adjust to the ‘new normal,’ AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, together with Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank), one of the country’s leading banks, are providing clients who open new bank accounts with free AXA Protect Package.

The AXA Protect Package is a personal accident insurance coverage worth P100,000.00, with free daily in-hospital benefit of P500 due to accident, and free access to emergency services via the AXA Rescue Line, a special service accessible through the Emma by AXA app that provides emergency response such as roadside or medical emergency assistance.

LG, together with UNTV and WISH 107.5, stands together in the fight against COVID-19


Throughout the entirety of the pandemic, private companies, groups, and institutions have all come together and mobilized in order to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. This constituted of donations, fundraising drivers, and in some cases, actual buildings built dedicated to treating COVID-19 patients.

Breakthrough and Milestones Production International (BMPI), operator of UNTV 37 and WISH 107.5, is one of groups from the private sector that stepped up in providing much needed help to their locale. BMPI conceptualized a COVID-19 facility that acted as an answer to the urgent need in accommodating the rising number of patients that were spilling over from other health institutions. 

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo shares her secrets in keeping Luna healthy and happy!


Quarantine stories and parenting tips straight from Mommy Juday!

The health and safety of the whole family is every parent’s number one priority especially during these unprecedented times. For our super mom, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, adapting to the new normal was never easy but with the help of her friends and a few experts around her, adjusting has now become a challenging yet delightful learning experience for her and her family.

Knowing the difficulties and struggles of being a mom, Mommy Juday shared some of her latest discoveries in making sure that her kids can safely grow healthy and happy while staying at home.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Help out a friend in need today!


During these critical times, being able to send funds to our loved ones in need is of utmost importance. It's a good thing PayMaya users can send money to other PayMaya accounts, bank accounts via Instapay, and to Smart Padala agents nationwide, to ensure that they can help friends and family across the country. 

For those who don't have a PayMaya account yet, sending money to their loved ones is now made easier, as they can head to over 2,700 PeraHub branches nationwide to send remittances to a Smart Padala agent in their recipient's neighborhood. 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Thousands get on their bikes for first weekend of My Prudential RideLondon


Amy and Emily Bovington, plus four cousins, formed Team Bov and cycled 100 miles to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of their father Graham. They are pictured at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium where Graham was a season ticket holder.

Thousands of riders got on their bikes this weekend to raise crucial funds for charities during the first two days of My Prudential RideLondon – the world’s greatest festival of cycling.

Participants from across the country took on challenges over a range of distances and on a variety of wheels, including bicycles, tandems, Brompton bikes, roller skates, scooters and skateboards.

The virtual event was originally planned for just this weekend (August 15-16), the dates on which this year’s Prudential RideLondon was scheduled to be held on the streets of London and Surrey before being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Forward-thinking luxury developer utilizes design innovation amid pandemic


Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, families have been spending more time in their homes. It has not only become their safe haven but has also served as their makeshift space for work, school, and even fitness. 

Now more than ever, potential homeowners are prioritizing developments that do not only offer comfort and safety, but also a life of ease with all the conveniences within their reach. This has always been the principle behind the projects of luxury real estate developer Filigree, as it continues to build future-ready, masterfully designed spaces that allow residents to live a full life.

“Filigree has always been forward-thinking, taking to mind the needs of its clients through well-thought out locations, design, spaces and abundance of greens. For us, this is what luxury is all about,” Catherine Ilagan, Filigree head, said. “For this year, we will continue to showcase the unmatched value of our developments with residents benefitting from our innovative designs, especially in the new normal.”

Pinoy app addressing pandemic impact won the Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge

An integrated public policy information portal measuring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic developed by Filipinos won the Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge in the best use of data, the solution that best makes space data accessible, or leverages it to a unique application. Using Earth observation, in-country economic and human mobility data, and global infection case counts, data analysts Nick Tobia, Helen Mary Barrameda, Kristel Joyce Zapata, Theresa Rosario Tan, and Miguel Oscar Castelo from CirroLytix created a dashboard for policy makers and economic planners to show the impact of COVID-19 on various countries and effects on the economy and environment.

Named G.I.D.E.O.N. (Global Impact Detection from Emitted Light, Onset of Covid-19, and Nitrogen Dioxide), the portal uses news feeds, Google mobility data, and coronavirus cases revealing the multi-dimensional impact of lockdown and other interventions. Night lights from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) and nitrogen dioxide levels from Sentinel-5P show current impacts and forecast effects of lockdown. Google's community mobility reports, global infection data from Johns Hopkins University, and nitrogen dioxide data reveal pollution levels produced by human activity, and monitor which countries keep air quality under control as they bounce back from lockdown and pave the way for the "new normal."

Sitel CPO highlights the pivotal role HR professionals play during COVID-19 at the virtual Asia CEO Forum “The Future of Work”


In photo: (Top row L-R) Richard Mills, Chief Executive Officer, Chalre Associates; Mitch Locsin, First Vice President and Sales Head, PLDT Enterprise; Cary Lagdameo, Head, Demosa Land; (second row L-R) Ruth Owen, Founder, Connected Women; Brad Sinnatamby, Global Operations Head, Orca; Gemma Gaerlan, Chief Operations Officer, EY Global Services; Lars Wittig, SVP-Asean, Regus Spaces; Haidee Enriquez, Chief People Officer, Sitel Ph-ANZ

Alongside industry experts at the recently concluded Asia CEO Forum, Haidee Cabanag Enriquez, Chief People Officer of Sitel PHANZ, and Chair of the Contact Center Association of the Phils. highlighted the need for HR leaders to be at the forefront of balancing business interest with the health and welfare of associates, and in addressing the immediate needs of the organization while steering the path towards longer-term recovery and sustainability. To ably fulfill that role, Enriquez emphasized the importance of retooling and taking time to learn new skills, reinventing the business through innovation, leveraging technology, and reviewing and realigning HR strategies, initiatives and processes.

“I believe that it is in difficult situations like the one that we are facing now that HR leadership really shines through”, Enriquez shared.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

021 Maker Space Dream Incubator Opening Soon in Binondo

021 Maker Space Dream Incubator, a new coworking space and business incubator will open this September 2020 at the heart of Binondo, a busy commercial district in Manila City. It would be located on the 8th floor of Co Ban Kiat II Building along Juan Luna Street, Binondo. The new coworking space, owned by 021 Group OPC, will the company's first and largest coworking space in Manila's Chinatown district.

The Co Ban Kiat II building is one of the historical structures in Binondo. It was built during the Pre-War period and was previously called S.J. Wilson building, named after American Navy expatriate Samuel J. Wilson. The building, in the pre-war era, used to be the headquarters of the Manila Stock Exchange and many other prominent companies and firms, including the Standard and Chartered Bank, the Japanese Consulate General’s office, Bank of America, Sunlife of Canada, Phil Am Life Insurance, France Consulate, Switzerland Consulate, and many others. 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Teleperformance fosters vibrant people culture through global talent competition

Even during the pandemic, the passion and creativity of Filipinos shone through as Teleperformance Philippines, the leading global group in digitally integrated business services, gave their employees a chance to display their talents in a competition.

To showcase its diverse employees and to spread positivity during the crisis, Teleperformance organized the COVID-19 Fight Challenge, a global talent competition held virtually for its employees. 

In the local competition, the more than 47,500 employees of Teleperformance Philippines were encouraged to use their talents to express their feelings about their COVID-19 experiences and about what the future holds for all. Employees were able to submit in any of the four categories, namely, Music, Writing, Art, and Dance. Based on their originality, talent, and presentation, the judges shortlisted three finalists per category and announced the local champions via a Facebook Watch Party hosted by TV and radio personality Gino Quillamor.

Kapuso stars adjust to new normal with XTREME Appliances on August 14

This new normal is the best time to find inspiration within ourselves and in our humble home. That’s why XTREME Appliances is proud to share good vibes in collaboration with GMA Artists straight to your screen. A Facebook Live catch-up with your favorite Kapuso stars will be held on August 14, Friday at 3PM. Find out what keeps them productive, entertained, and resourceful during house quarantine.

Join the following celebrities on this live session:


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